Oct. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior defender Ted Helfrich's (Belvedere, Calif./Marin Catholic) first-career goal was an important one as his score in the 94th minute led the No. 9 Georgetown University men's soccer team past the No. 16 Marquette University Golden Eagles (9-4-2, 5-1-1 BIG EAST), 1-0, in overtime at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 12-3-1 and 5-1-1 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"This is a huge result for us both RPI-wise and in the league," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Credit to Marquette that they had a chance to clinch the league just six games into a nine-game schedule, however, we needed this result to put ourselves in the running to finish in the top two."
The Hoyas opened the game with three-consecutive corner kicks with the last one resulting in a shot that was saved by MU keeper Charlie Lyon. Georgetown continued to possess, but it was the Golden Eagles that had the next chance as Hoya keeper Tomas Gomez (Webster Groves, Mo./Webster Groves) made a big save to keep it scoreless.
A shot by freshman midfielder Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) was saved in the 19th minute, and MU countered with three quick shots including one on a corner forcing Gomez to come up with saves on each chance.
Late in the half, senior captain Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) barely missed the goal with a shot to the top corner that skimmed Lyon's glove and hit the crossbar.
Both teams continued to have looks at the net, but neither could find a way to take a lead as the keepers controlled the run of play and the defenses stood strong with a number of blocks as the squads went into the break scoreless.
It was Georgetown that once again controlled the pace early in the second half as the Hoyas had two corners in the first ten minutes with both shots being blocked.
In the 68th minute, the Blue & Gray had one of its best chances as sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) challenged Lyon and almost forced a miscue.
Marquette then gained some momentum with four shots including one by Coco Navarro that went just high of the crossbar and another from C. Nortey that was just wide of the goal.
Freshman midfielder Bakie Goodman (Sarasota, Fla./Pine View School for the Gifted) answered with a shot from the top of the box that was saved.
The game was scoreless at the end of regulation forcing GU's four overtime contest of the season.
Marquette opened overtime with two shots, both missing the target. A shot from sophomore forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) was blocked resulting in Georgetown's sixth corner of the contest. As the Hoyas brought the team forward, Neumann's corner went to the far post to the head of Helfrich who headed it across the goal and back in for the golden goal and the 1-0 victory handing MU its first conference loss of the season.
"I'm so happy for Teddy Helfrich for scoring the goal that basically keeps us in the running to win the league," said Wiese. "He has handled his senior season so well. He stepped in for Joshua Yaro and we have continued to win games and haven't missed a beat and this is a credit to how prepared he was to play."
Marquette outshot the Hoyas, 17-13, but Georgetown took six corners to MU's two. Both keepers tallied five saves and Gomez took the win.
The shutout made history for Georgetown as it gave GU 11 shutouts on the year breaking the program record. Gomez also took over the top spots in both career shutouts (23) and season shutouts (9).
The Blue & Gray will have the week off before traveling to St. John's next Saturday for the final road contest of the regular season. The Red Storm downed Butler, 1-0, on Saturday evening in Indianapolis, Ind. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m., in Queens, N.Y.. Live stats and a webcast will be available through SJU's athletic website.